“Belgiumâ€™s police forces are increasingly switching to open source web technology. The federal police and already 49 local police forces across the country are using the openpolice.be platform for their websites. In total 126 of police websites in Belgium are reusing and sharing the platform.”
See Belgium police sharing and reusing web technologyI’ve long held that FLOSS (Free/Libre Open Source Software) is the right way to do IT. There are lots of advantages:
- less spent on licensing,
- spreading cost of development over more programmers/organizations,
- no vendor lock-in, since there is no vendor, and
- because you can see the code, you know the stuff is not out to get you…
A corollaries to the “no vendor lock-in” part are that organizations have total control of IT and cooperating developers/organizations are united rather than divided by “the vendor”. The world can and does make its own software for less than the monopolists would. There’s just no reason at all that the world should pay multiple times over the cost of developing software when they can do it themselves.